Mary Frances Haugse Hornbeek

November 9, 1944 — March 7, 2022

Longtime Davis resident Mary Frances Haugse Hornbeek died at home on March 7, 2022 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. Her beloved husband of 54 years, Larry, was by her side in the final moments. Despite the difficult challenges of Parkinson’s disease, she maintained a positive attitude until the very end.

Born November 9, 1944 in Palo Alto, Mary was the first daughter of Virgil Samuel Haugse and Mary Jane Kramer Haugse. She attended St Thomas Aquinas Elementary School and Palo Alto High School. After graduating in 1962, she moved to Davis to attend UCD, where she majored in history.

Mary and Larry met in 1965 on a threesome with longtime friends Diane Rhett, Dave Schmatjen and John Swanson. Larry was then stationed at Travis Air Force Base and Mary was a student. The couple married in Palo Alto on April 1, 1967 and were nearing their 55th wedding anniversary.

Mary and Larry loved the Davis community and have lived here ever since. They raised three children, Gary, Michael and Nancy, who attended Davis High School. Mary was a devout Catholic and the family are long-time members of St James’s Church. Mary was very outgoing and curious and enjoyed long conversations with her many friends in the community.

In 1981, Mary returned to Sacramento State School to study accounting. Mary earned a CPA license and eventually started her own private tax practice. While tax season was an annual challenge, Mary always cared about her many clients.

One of his passions was to play bridge. Some of his closest friends were members of the “bridge group” which met monthly for decades. She also often played bridge with friends at the University Retirement Community and the Davis Senior Center.

Mary enjoyed spending time walking the beaches at Sea Ranch, where the family owned a home. Other favorite activities included walking the Greenbelt, trips to see family, and watching the A’s of Oakland. She enjoyed volunteering at the Mondavi Center and the Sacramento Jazz Festival.

She is survived by her husband Larry; adult children Gary Hornbeek and his wife Susie of Portola Valley, Michael Hornbeek and his wife Kim of Jacksonville, Oregon, and Nancy Shields and her husband Lance of Jacksonville; grandchildren Lance, Blake, Cole and Madison Shields, and Grady and Casey Hornbeek; brother Hank Haugse and wife Karen; and her sisters Barbara and Katie Haugse.

A private burial will be held for the immediate family. In addition, a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 25 at St. James’s Church in Davis. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to a charity involved in the fight against Parkinson’s disease, such as the Michael J. Fox Foundation or the Davis Phinney Foundation.

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